“Solitude provides an opportunity to see how our behavior is shaped
in ways outside the compulsions of the world;
silence helps prevent us from being suffocated by our wordy world. 
Here we may catch our emotional breath and regain perspective,
as a deep unseen work transforms from the inside out.”
- Henri Nouwen


Relax. Catch your breath. Lay aside those things that have been weighing you down. Stop and listen. What is it God is longing to speak to your heart?

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the busyness of life we can’t remember the last time we took more than a few snatched moments to be still. To rest. To fully engage with God.

Is that where you are? Do you long to set everything else aside and retreat? In silence? This fall Wellspring Group is offering two options for you to do just that.


Wellspring Group Silent Retreat

for Men & Women


Bethany Retreat House near Nashville, TN*


(Option ONE:  5 Day Event)  Wednesday, Oct 17th – Sunday, Oct 21st



(Option TWO:  3 Day Event)   Friday, Oct 19th - Sunday, Oct 21st



Space is limited!  Register Here to reserve your spot!


A Silent Retreat gives you the opportunity to

  • Experience a spacious, non-structured retreat with extended periods of silence for waiting, listening, dreaming, watching, walking, and journaling;
  • Meet daily with a spiritual director (see list below) who will serve as a sounding board, offering perspective and prayerful discernment rather than advice;
  • Allow unprocessed things in life - unresolved conversations, situations, and decisions to come to the forefront. Often what surfaces during the times of holy leisure and spiritual direction is profound and helpful in personal insight and focus and can move you in unexpected directions!
*Bethany Retreat House is managed by the Catholic order of Dominican Sisters.  It is situated on 72 acres with a spacious lawn, large open deck, trails into the woods, and outdoor Stations of the Cross.  The Sisters are very cordial and attentive, and the food is excellent—with care to serve special dietary needs.


Meet The Spiritual Directors


Corbett Heimburger - Spiritual Director

Corbett Heimburger (DMin, MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) With 30 years’ experience as a pastor and coordinator of church planting, he currently serves as Pastor for Care at Greentree Community Church, St. Louis, MO.  He recently received Certification as a Spiritual Director through Selah – Leadership Transformations, Boston, MA.  In 2014 his first five-day silent retreat was organized by Wellspring and led by Terry Mitchell.  Terry’s spiritual direction during the retreat helped create a sensitivity to hearing God through nature and the Holy Spirit.  The experience he had there led him to pursue the ministry of spiritual direction.

Terry Mitchell - Spiritual Director

Terry Mitchell, Ph.D. is currently ministering in Atlanta, Georgia at Soul Care as a consultant, life coach and spiritual director as well as being part of Wellspring Group's church consulting team. Terry and Larry Bolden developed and presented the first Wellspring Group retreat in November 2003. Since that start he has taught and facilitated in over 50 Battle for Men and Women's Hearts and Engaging the Heart retreats in the US and abroad. He and his wife, Dot, live in Norcross, Georgia.

Steve James - Spiritual Director

Steve James (M.S. Georgia State University) is retired and currently in a graduate program at Richmont University for Spiritual Direction and Formation.  He attended his first Wellspring Retreat in 2005 when Larry described him as “one of the most emotionally shut down men he’s ever met in his life.”  Since then God has done an amazing work in his life and given him a passion and gifting with engaging people at a heart level. He’s facilitated and taught at Wellspring events for about ten years.  He’s also attended life coaching seminars with Tony Stoltzfus.  Steve has never been married and lives in Charlottesville, VA.